Three Questions About Hybrid Batteries You Didn’t Think to Ask

Author // NPR Car Talk
Posted in // Battery hybrid cars, Cost of batteries for hybrid cars, Hybrid battery replacement

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Hybrid cars have pretty much become mainstream and much more accessible over the years. When they were first introduced on the market, many drivers were wary or skeptical of buying into a technology that they didn’t understand, but since so many drivers have enjoyed impressive fuel economy, they’re more likely to buy. The problem is that people often don’t ask the right questions when they become hybrid owners. Here are a few things about hybrid batteries you should know but probably forgot to ask.

1. What do I do when my battery fails?
One of the most important things you need to know as a hybrid owner is what to do when your battery fails, since most batteries don’t outlive the lifetime of the car. The first thing you should know is not to panic, since this is something that many hybrid owners do. The average cost of a hybrid battery in the U.S. is actually only between $3,000 and $4,000, so it’s not too much of an expense, especially when you factor in the money you save on gas. Just start looking into your replacement options.

2. Should I buy a used hybrid battery?
One of the options you’ll likely find when you’re faced with hybrid battery replacement is to buy a use battery from a junkyard or from a site like eBay or Craigslist. You should avoid doing this, since they can be so pricey and there’s almost no way to tell how reliable the battery will be. Stick to getting one from your dealership or an aftermarket provider.

3. How long do hybrid batteries last?
Hybrid batteries don’t last the lifetime of the car, but no battery does — and again, when if comes to replacement, remember how much you’ve saved on gas with such good fuel economy. Hybrid battery warranties vary by the state, but they are typically for eight years or 100,000 miles. Studies have shown, however, that they can last as few as six years.

Do you have any other questions about batteries in hybrid cars? Feel free to ask us in the comments section below!

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